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October 06, 2012

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux reflects back on 2012

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux met with reporters today, and reflected back on the 2012 season.

Here are a few of the highlights:

On the Rangers finish: "When we went out there, we were in a dogfight the last couple of weeks and you got to tip your hat to some of those teams that are going on. We still feel we should be there, but we’re not. That’s the disappointing part of it ... that we’re not. However, we got a lot of things to look forward to and reflect back on the good year that we had, a lot of good things happened."

On Yu Darvish's rookie season: "I thought Yu had a very interesting and a very good campaign. It was a lot of hype [in spring training], and it was a lot of unknown about it. As the season progressed and the more Yu acclimated himself or became acclimated with the major league baseball and being in a different country, I thought he really, really matured and showed what everybody saw in him when they scouted him the past couple years in Japan. I thought that he really made everybody look good, including himself."

On pitching staff being worn out from consecutive World Series runs: "There’s no question that we played more games than anybody else in baseball the last couple of years, but that’s a problem you cherish. That’s something you look back when it’s all said and done and you go, 'Wow. We’re in spring training already. What a quick winter.'"

On Derek Holland's season: "I thought he had a pretty good campaign. Sometimes really, really good and then there were those quick exits. I think that made him hungrier to go out and prove that was a fluke and he did that. In time, Derek is going to be more consistent and our peaks and valleys are going to become more of a flat line. Not too high, not too down, just pretty steady."

On Alexi Ogando's future as a starter or reliever: "We’ll probably meet here shortly as an organization, as a staff, and decide which fork in the road we’re going to take. That’s going to impact some of our personnel and what will their role be -- start, stop, setup. That’s where the business side of the game comes in."

On whether managing is in his future: "I’m happy as the Rangers pitching coach. I think this season is more about the Rangers and what the players did than about me. I think we got a lot of things to look forward to next year, that’s for darn sure."

-- Drew Davison

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